Tenant in the Spotlight: Gerald Fogelman

A current Barrister Tenant at Encino’s City National Bank Building has been published in the May 2011 San Fernando Valley Bar Association Magazine, Valley Lawyer.  His article, “Marijuana Possession and the Law: What Attorneys Need to Know” covers recent changes to California state law on marijuana possession.

Fogelman’s article discusses the new law and how lawyers can best represent their clients charged with a marijuana infraction.  The article begins by explaining that the new law of possession for less than an ounce marijuana is now an infraction, not a misdemeanor.  Fogelman cites recommendations when representing a client and the best way to review a case in certain circumstances.  The article also explains that given the fact that a person is charged with an infraction rather than misdemeanor, the person charged is “. . . not entitled to a trial by jury, nor is one entitled to have the public defender, or other counsel appointed at public expense .  .  .  However one does have the right to retain an attorney at his expense.”  As Fogelman states in his article,  “The Health and Safety Code, related Penal Code, and related Vehicle Code provisions regarding personal possession of marijuana, as well as an additional layer of code sections relating to the law regarding personal possession of marijuana for medical purposes, can be a maze to understand.” 

The Law Offices of Gerald L. Fogelman handles all State, County and City criminal defense matters in the State of California. Mr. Fogelman is the founding member of his law firm. He regularly appears in Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Orange County and has traveled to other counties in the State when retained to do so. Mr. Fogelman represents the accused in defense of every type of criminal offense, whether the client is an adult or juvenile, whether felony or misdemeanor.  Gerald L. Fogelman is a former Deputy District Attorney who has practiced criminal defense since 1978, representing both adults and juveniles. 

For more information on Gerald Fogelman, visit: http://www.geraldfogelmanlaw.com/

To see the May 2011 issue of San Fernando Valley Bar Association Magazine, Valley Lawyer, visit https://www.sfvba.org/Member%20Resources/ValleyLawyerMagazine.aspx

Tenant in the Spotlight: Lara Lamb

On May 8th, Lara Lamb, financial planner, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times to get her professional advice for Los Angeles Times’ Money Makeover in the Sunday Business section.  The Los Angeles Times asked Lara Lamb to evaluate Gwen Stewart’s finances to determine if she was able to buy a house, a long time dream of Stewart’s.   Stewart is a singer and actress best known as an original cast member of the Broadway musical, “Rent.” 

Lamb reviewed Stewart’s cash accounts, retirement account, and stocks.  Lamb made many recommendations to ensure Stewart’s short term and long term financial stability.  Most importantly, Lamb considered Stewart’s lack of healthcare.  Given the line of work that Stewart is in, her employment fluctuates year to year and Stewart does not always qualify for her union’s health insurance plan.  This was Lamb’s number one concern.  With no insurance, there is too high of a risk that she would lose her savings on medical bills.  Lamb and Stewart reevaluated Stewart’s financial priorities and concluded that a job which offers health insurance is a great first start. 

Lara Lamb is a current Barrister tenant at the City National Bank Building in Encino where she runs her financial planning company, Lamb Financial Planning, LLC.  Lamb has developed a unique firm that provides financial planning service on an hourly fee-only basis.  Lamb works only for her clients and provides completely independent advice.  She does not accept third-party compensation and therefore there will be no conflicts of interest when evaluating her client’s finances and when making recommendations.  She has no minimum requirements for account value.

“It’s exciting to see people discover the benefits of fee-only financial planning for professional advice and asset management services,” Lamb says. ”Because I work solely for my clients, I have one focus: Empowering my clients with the information and perspective they need to make sound financial decisions, at every stage of life.”

To see the full article, go to:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-money-makeover-stewart-20110508,0,3025114.story

For more information on Lara Lamb, visit her website at:

http://lambfinancialplanning.com/